Sandy Nelson Biography
Sandy Nelson has been a professional artist for many years. She studied Fine Art and painting at the University of KY and the Scottsdale Art School. Her portraits and landscapes have been accepted to national juried competitions from Maine to California, many winning national awards. Her work is included in over 60 corporate and museum collections including those of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and George Steinbrenner, owner of the NY Yankees. She was named one of the top 200 artists in 1993 by the Artists Magazine and has been profiled in “The Rotarian” an international publication.
She maintains her studio in Wilmington, NC but travels extensively to paint. She is a member of ASOPA, the New Mexico Pastel Society, Pastel Society of the Southwest, Midwest Pastel Society and Women Artists of the West.
Education: University of Kentucky, Majors in Fine Art and English Scottsdale Arts School, Scottsdale, AZ, workshops with Michael Lynch, Clyde Aspevig, Kevin McPherson, John Asaro, Ron Riddick, Ray Vinella 1987-1996 Jackson Hole Art Academy Workshops, 1993-1996, with Jim Wilcox and Harley Brown Pro-Art Workshops, Big Timber, MT with Jack Hines and Jessica Zemsky Huntington Museum of Art, study with Wolf Khan, American Art Academy, Chicago, IL, course with Ron Riddick
Honors & Awards (Not Inclusive) 1996 Oswald Creativity Foundation Award, *for graduating senior, Fine Arts Award in Painting, University of KY 1994 Ashland Oil, Inc. commission, official Ashland Stakes Print for Keeneland Race track 1992 Chosen as equine art instruction for the KY Horse Park 1993 Painting chosen for the Sam Walton Fine Arts Center, by S. Walton 1993 Associated Artists of Southport Award for Painting 1993 Connecticut Pastel Society of the West Coast, US Banking Award 1991, 1993 Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Museum (5) Merit Awards 1988, 910, 93 96 97, 98, 99 2000, 2002, French Art Colony Juried Exhibition, Best of Show